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Monday, April 16, 2018


(Andrew Hughes)

It’s been almost two years since Durban's Andrew Hughes entered the comedy scene - accumulating a snowballing success rate along the way - and now he's about to take that major proverbial "first step" by showcasing his debut one man show!

Hughes entered the comedy scene in 2016. Just a year later, he was nominated in the Newcomer Category of the Comics Choice Awards 2017 - considered the Oscar's of South African comedy. To date he has toured with the likes of Carvin Goldstone and shared the stage with a host of SA comedy heavyweights - Joey Rasdien, Kagiso Lediga, Marc Lottering and Donovan and Jason Goliath Goliath, to name a few. These are no easy feat for a young comedian in a highly competitive industry.

Now Hughes is ready to stage his debut one man show, In Living Colour(ed). "The name of my show is inspired from a comedy series entitled In Living Colour which used to air on TV in the early 90s and starred comedians like Keenan Wayans and Jim Carey. I then decided to use the word "Colour(ed)" and brighten it up using different colours all in a bid to show that the show is applicable to people of all "colours" and "racial backgrounds," he explained.

"I've also called it In Living Colour(ed) because I am coloured but I look Black. There are coloured people who look Indian and some look White as well... We come from different backgrounds and have amazing stories to tell. In Living Colour(ed) is partly a celebration of my story on stage. The show will incorporate a lot of storytelling about growing up coloured and as a South African as well. It will also touch on themes like relationships and the colourful shenanigans in South African Parliament and politics - among other universal topics. The aim is to tell stories that we can all relate to regardless of racial background or age," said Hughes.

Explaining where his passion for stand-up comedy began, he said it was back in 2011 while he and a friend watched a Proudly Coloured Comedy Show  DVD, Hughes then started going to comedy clubs to watch just to get "a feel if it".

"My friends always found me very entertaining at family functions and always recommended I try it out, but I was very intimidated by being on stage with other experienced acts. In May 2016, Carvin Goldstone launched a show titled The Next Generation Comedy Series and the show was aimed at giving newcomers a chance to be on stage and be recognised. That was where I made my mark as a comedian. After that I started getting booked by comedy promoters in Durban and my comedy just kept improving," he said.

Describing his style of comedy, he said it a mix of witty with storytelling. "I also include some impersonations and a bit if dancing as well," he laughed.

In Living Colour(ed) stages on April 27 and 28 at 20h00 at The Bat Centre in Durban. Tickets R100 via and at the door.

This is a clean comedy show and suitable for all ages.